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  1. News - China - LABOUR

    Guangdong collective bargaining proposal seen as bellwether for China

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 05:13am by Mimi Lau

    ... bargaining. The proposed Regulations on Enterprise Collective Consultations and Collective Contracts, first introduced by a trade union, would give workers the right to demand meetings with employers ... that many say have hurt Guangdong's economy, and that it would advance labour rights throughout China. In the spring, as many as 40,000 workers laid down their tools at Yue Yuen Industrial ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1547574/guangdong-collective-bargaining-proposal-seen-bellwether-china
  2. News - China - LABOUR

    Student workers at Dongguan factory were under-age, state media claim

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 04:02am by Andrea Chen

    ... as saying. Her job was to operate a cutting machine. "But I wanted to keep my job to earn more money." Workers' rights groups say child labour is widespread on the mainland, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1547020/student-workers-dongguan-factory-were-under-age-state-media-claim
  3. News - Asia - LABOUR

    Singapore repatriation firms' tactics under workers' rights microscope

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 05:02am by AP

    ... in turn contacted migrant-rights activist Jolovan Wham. Jakir was allowed to leave the offices of the repatriation company after Wham signed a form stating that he would be responsible for paying ... to legalise his stay pending outcome of his case." In a report last year on human trafficking, the US said some repatriation companies in Singapore had "seized and confined" workers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1429156/singapore-repatriation-firms-tactics-under-workers-rights-microscope
  4. News - World - LABOUR

    Fast-food workers in global protest to demand higher pay, and union rights

    Posted May 16th 2014, 10:46pm by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in New York Workers seeking higher wages and union rights take coordinated action against chains such as McDonald's, from Hong Kong to New York Global protest over fast-food ... as part of a campaign seeking higher wages and the right to unionise. The Hong Kong protest took place on Thursday at the McDonald's branch at Star House, Tsim Sha Tsui. About 25 protesters ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1513675/fast-food-workers-global-protest-demand-higher-pay-and-union-rights
  5. News - China - LABOUR

    Rare decision: Xiamen labour panel punishes foreign-run company in dispute over workers' strike

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 12:08pm by Keira Lu Huang

    ... lawyer in Beijing, told the South China Morning Post. Although the right to strike is enshrined in the constitution, “often [a] strike is treated as absenteeism, which violates company ... that “trade unions shall coordinate labour relations, and safeguard the labour rights and interests of … employees through equal negotiation and a collective contract system”. But Kewei’s management ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1529922/shock-decision-xiamen-labour-panel-punishes-foreign-run-company-dispute
  6. News - World - LABOUR

    Campaigners welcome global treaty giving domestic workers new rights

    Posted Sep 06th 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... The children's rights advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, Jo Becker, welcomed the treaty and said it has even helped improve conditions beyond the signatory countries. "We see a lot of momentum ... beyond six months. The UK support group Kalayaan believes the tied visa scheme has led to an increase in poor working conditions. Becker, of Human Rights Watch, said the treaty "has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1304368/campaigners-welcome-global-treaty-giving-domestic-workers-new-rights
  7. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    60pc of helpers verbally abused, survey finds

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 04:10am by Phila Siu, Stuart Lau

    ... While the law punishes physical assaults, it would be "very difficult" to prosecute in cases of verbal abuse, said Mark Daly, a human rights lawyer. The welfare of the city's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1492038/60pc-helpers-verbally-abused-survey-finds
  8. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Maids maligned in 'job-hop' claims, rights groups say

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 03:46am by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... claims, say rights groups Maids' rights groups have slammed the government's decision to reject 170 applications from domestic helpers for work visas on the basis of suspected ... rights associations chanted yesterday as the groups protested outside the Immigration Tower in Wan Chai. Foreign domestic workers were often ill-advised by their agency and would become the party ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1435799/maids-maligned-job-hop-claims-rights-groups-say
  9. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Hong Kong firms, mainland police 'in cahoots'

    Posted May 08th 2014, 04:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... these Hong Kong enterprises with mainland businesses have political connections, with which they try to limit labour rights," Mung said. Kader declined to comment, while Ting could ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1506824/hong-kong-firms-mainland-police-cahoots
  10. News - World - LABOUR

    US labour contractor liable for abuse of Thai workers on Hawaii farms

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 04:11am by AP

    ... have to implement measures to prevent future abuse. "The judge's granting of judgment for liability vindicates the rights of the multitude of Thai farm workers who survived inhumane abuses and discrimination at the hands of their employers, who controlled not only their working conditions but where they lived, what they could eat and the basic right to move around ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1457188/us-labour-contractor-liable-abuse-thai-workers-hawaii-farms

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